Seven Readings in Revelation (A Liberation Bible Study)

I have had the opportunity from time to time to write for Barclay Press. They have recently updated their website and created author pages, making some previously unavailable writings available online. Therefore, I wanted to share the link to the .pdf of my upcoming series of reflections on the book of Revelation published in theContinue reading “Seven Readings in Revelation (A Liberation Bible Study)”

The Possibilities and Challenges of Building a Participatory Church

I love the word participation. It’s stem means “taking part” or to “partner.” The Quaker meeting of which I am the ‘released minister,’ Camas Friends, strives to be a participatory church. A partnering church. A church that welcomes the contributions, leadership, insights, resources, personalities and concerns of those who are in the meeting. As IContinue reading “The Possibilities and Challenges of Building a Participatory Church”

When The Church Becomes a Department Store

You can drive around most neighborhoods here in the suburbs and find at least some vacant buildings. Some of them are small, and if not historic, they at least have a history.  While others are just enormous squares, nondescript, no personality or history at all. “throwaway” buildings might be a way to think about it.Continue reading “When The Church Becomes a Department Store”

Connecting with Poverty in Our Community

A week or so ago the Oregonian published an article about poverty in our neck of the woods. The article profiles the “subtle shifts” of poverty taking place in Clark County, the county of which our meeting is a part. The city of Vancouver has worked to push poverty out towards the east parts ofContinue reading “Connecting with Poverty in Our Community”

Creating Communities of “Artists”

This morning I noticed a torn piece of paper with something I’d written on it from awhile back: How do we form a community that creates artists rather than just critics? Justice should always come first, justice is innovative. I am not sure what I was reading when I wrote these two thoughts down, butContinue reading “Creating Communities of “Artists””

Modest Proposal .pdf Version Available

Because I’ve been posting about Brent Bill’s recent series of posts about the revitalization of Friends I wanted to alert all of you to the fact that he’s edited all the blog posts down into a .pdf. I was excited to learn he was going to organize them in this way and plan to haveContinue reading “Modest Proposal .pdf Version Available”

In Search of a New Framework for Evangelism and Mission

One of the things I have become fascinated with over the course of the last decade falls broadly under the umbrella known as missiology, or the study of Christian missions. I like many of you have a history with big ‘E’ Evangelicalism where mission is generally understood as “winning souls for Christ.” Evangelism and missionContinue reading “In Search of a New Framework for Evangelism and Mission”

Creating Liberated Spaces: Some Thoughts

Back in February, and on the dawn of Transfiguration Sunday, about 30 (?) folks piled into a Southeastern Portland home to share in a conversation being facilitated by two out of towners Eliacin Rosario-Cruz (Seattle) and Mark Van Steenwyk (Minnesota). The crowd was made up of a number of men and women from a variety ofContinue reading “Creating Liberated Spaces: Some Thoughts”